Donati’s statement is what you would expect it to be. This is unlikely to directly impact the TCU team right now, but staff changes could be forthcoming.
“TCU recently received a subpoena, a court order from the Southern District of New York, requiring us to provide specific employment records related to one of our staff members. After receiving the subpoena, we began gathering the responsive information and conducting an internal review.
“We learned this afternoon of the superseding indictment filed in the same matter, and we are evaluating how it impacts our review. Out of respect for the ongoing judicial process, we have no additional comment.”
TCU has not made any staff changes.
There is a lot to replace, but the talent is there.
The Frogs returned just two scholarship players for the spring; Ochaun Mathis and Brandon Bowen. Had the Frogs’ not signed Adam Plant and Parker Workman, who are both early enrollees, the unit wouldn’t have enough bodies for a second-team defense.
Just a few days into fall practice Patterson isn’t comfortable with where his defensive ends are, but he’s optimistic they will develop over the spring and into the fall. More help will be on the way in the fall with the arrival of three more players including South Carolina grad transfer Shameik Blackshear.
“You don’t have one guy that has played there. Brandon Bowen played a tiny bit and Ochaun played four games but he redshirted and then you have the two guys,” he said. “We’re going to have three more coming in plus the grad transfer (Blackshear).
“We teach our ends a lot of stuff; we lost three graduates and two underclassmen that aren’t here anymore so we lost five guys. That’s a lot of knowledge.”
Can TCU put the run back in the run and gun?
Add the numbers up, and TCU’s two primary backs combined for 259 carries and 1,224 yards in 2018. Though it was an increase for their combined efforts, context matters, as Kyle Hicks was responsible for an additional 139 carries and 637 rushing yards as a senior in 2017. Tack on Hicks’ totals to those of Anderson and Olonilua, and the trio amounted 331 carries that fall.
There’s your answer. Even with Hicks’ departure, an increased presence didn’t translate to increased opportunities for the team’s two returning backs in 2018. Anderson’s 124 touches in 11 games were, in fact, a decrease from 128 in 10 appearances in 2017.
Naturally, Texas and Oklahoma led the list. But after those historic programs, Oklahoma State, West Virginia -- home of moonshine, couch burning and a coach who just left for Houston -- and Texas Tech were placed ahead of TCU.
And in an attempt to fill the offseason content hole (hey, we’ve all been there this time of year), Athlon drew Patterson’s ire.
During the course of Patterson’s 18 full seasons at TCU, the Horned Frogs have been one of the most consistently successful programs in the country. Since 2008, TCU has six finishes in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll. Texas and A&M have combined for four of those during that span.